8-Trackin’: Paul Simon, ‘Song Book’ (Tape Issued 1970) — 3 Comments

  1. I was turned on to this amazing album the summer o’ 1979 in Dublin by an Irish girlfriend who looked uncannily like Kathy on the cover. It was one o’ her favorite albums ‘n remains one o’ mine. I believe these early versions o’ Kathy’s Song ‘n Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall are the definitive versions. This whole period in Paul’s life is detailed in a recent book-Paul Simon: The Life by Robert Hilburn. A wonderful excerpt can be found in Mojo Magazine 296-July, 2018. Congratulations on this extraordinary 8-track find-hope you didn’t have to go into debt.

  2. It wasn’t Beatlemania that lured Paul Simon to the UK, but rather the folk revival scene at Les Cousins in Soho. He hung around there during ’64-5. His name comes up in Colin Harper’s Dazzling Stranger: Bert Jansch and the British folk and Blues Revival. Not in a good way I might add. Simon was brought along to dinner one night by Tom Paxton, and the host out of a sense of hospitality showed Simon his original arrangement of Scarborough Fair, which he, i.e. Martin Carthy, had recorded already on his debut album, only to have Simon take his arrangement and copyright it. He made a fortune off of it when it was recorded in ’68. In the early ’70s Carthy needed £1,800. for a down payment on a house, and rang up Simon asking him if his payment had come through. Simon told him that it had just come through, and oddly enough it was £1,800.

  3. Thanks for your insight – I believe you turned me onto this album, John. I won an auction (only bidder) and got it for $4 plus $11 shipping. No debt incurred.

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